Review of Camp Evans Base of Terror Haunted Attraction

Review of Camp Evans Base of Terror Haunted Attraction

Review of Camp Evans Base of Terror Haunted Attraction

Camp Evans Base of Terror

Camp Evans Base of Terror is a Haunted Attraction located in Wall Township, NJ.

2201 Marconi Road, Wall Township, NJ 07719
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Haunt Type(s):

charity-haunt1HauntedHouse

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Features:

Free Parking, Handicap Accessible, Food/Concessions, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, Special Events, “Old-School” (Low Tech), You will NOT be touched, Original Characters, Uncovered Outdoor Waiting Line, All-Outdoor Attraction


Team Crypt Creepers reviewed this attraction on September 30, 2017.

Final Score: 8.02

Summary:

Camp Evans Base of Terror is a for charity haunt located on an old military base. They turn this historical landmark into a scream filled playland for monsters and maniacs once haunt season creeps in. Guests are treated to multiple themed zones inside of this haunt that vary greatly from one to the next, and to great effect. This haunt is only open two nights a week, so be sure to show up early to avoid lines. Holding events such as movie nights and live band performances, this haunt offers more than just some scares. A very friendly staff is happy to help guests, as some highly energetic ghouls wait for their chance to pounce.


Cast: 8.31

Boasting a cast of between 90-150 scaractors per night, the cast at Camp Evans is high in numbers and in energy. I got tired just from watching them. Jumping up and down, some literally bouncing off the walls, this lively cast of creeps and creatures keeps spirits high with their antics. With multiple zones each portraying a different theme, the cast ranged from shambling zombies, to asylum patients, to post-apocalyptic warriors. All of whom went above and beyond to stay in character. The zombies limped and groaned the entire time we were in their wide open zone, which was a while. The Mad Max-esque scene included a choreographed fight scene, and between the TV sellers in TV Trash and the asylum patients, I felt as if sugar and Red Bull were part of their costume process. These characters all used their surroundings to their full advantage. With the exception of one or two zones, every area was well-staffed and had plenty of actors, each of whom fulfilled their roles.


Costuming: 7.75

Most of the costuming was done by repurposing other items. License plates became chest and shoulder plates of armor, and old television sets were turned into masks. Not to mention hidden voice modulators amped up the tv head costumes authenticity ten fold. The rest of the costuming may not have been as out there, but they still captured the theme of the area they were in, and looked good doing it. The zombies may not have been missing limbs or chunks of body, but they looked like fresh cadavers newly risen and out for some brains. The officer in their prison scene could pass as law enforcement, and the cat in the hat looked quite real at that.


Customer Service: 8.45

The customer service here by the staff is phenomenal. All of the non-spooky staff are friendly and helpful, and very easy going. The owner even stays in a booth most of the night, talking to guests as they enter or leave about their visit and even just some non-haunt related things. Our guide for the evening, the head of their PR, gave us the rundown on all the numbers and fun facts about what goes into making this base into a haunt. With the exception of one or two grassy areas with small mounds or holes for effect, and the initial area “The Porch,” the haunt is ADA accessible and pretty much hazard proof. Signs guide you to the base pretty much as soon as you get off the Parkway.


Atmosphere: 7.83

Upon arriving you spot a big house with cut up black tarp and ominous lights, all behind a big fence to keep people out…or some things in. Being on a wooded side road, there is an eeriness to it’s location, even though it’s so close to some major roads. There is no music, but you can hear screams and chainsaws in the distance. Between the tarp, the screams, and a monster face that you walk through to buy your tickets, you can tell you are at a haunt.


Special Effects: 7.81

Some haunts spend thousands of dollars on fancy animatronics and sound effects, but just like with their costumes, Camp Evans relies on building their sets and effects from scratch, or repurposing what they have, and get a similar effect. Old military trucks and vehicles are turned into platforms of terror. Drum sets take the place of music through speakers and a live drummer pounds fear into guests, building up suspense before a ghoul attacks. Lighting varies from dim and ominous, to vibrant and disorienting. The TV Trash and Mad Max areas were greatly detailed and original, and overall just a lot of fun.


Theme: N/A

Over 15 different themes are spread out through this haunt, most of which were multiple rooms or long winding paths. Each theme differed from the next and the scaractors and sets were easy to distinguish from each other.


Fright Effect: 7.41

A mix of theatrics and jump scares fill this maze of madness. Just when you let your guard down, the drums start up and your heart starts pounding too. You know something is about to happen…but from where? The scaractors did a great job of going after the whole group, not just singling out any specific person or spot. I flinched for a second when what I thought was a wall started falling towards me, only to realize it was a scaractor in a big costume that just blended into the wall.


Value: 8.58

The going price for Camp Evans is $20 a ticket, with discounts for military, police, EMT, or fire department. There is also a group discount for groups of 10 or more. Even for $20 though, this haunt is a great experience. The walkthrough takes between 25-30 minutes, and you get about 15 different themes all in one haunt. The scaractors really bring this haunt to life with their energy.


Guest Reviews
Guest Average: 0 out of 10

Sarah – 10/10
Challenge Accepted was awesome! Me and my boyfriend were looking for escape rooms in our area, and …show more as poor college students, price was a big factor. Despite being only two small locations in the mall, they have multiple rooms, at 20, 40, and 60 minutes long, with the 20-minute rooms being only $10 each! We’ve been back multiple times, and loved every one! Staff is very helpful and enthusiastic about their job, and is thrilled to explain all the little secrets after you escape. Will be back every time they make a new room!

Norma – 4/10
We visited this attraction on the last night of their 2018 season I believe. We did show up late …show more (about 20 minutes before they closed) and it was dead in the waiting line. Regardless, every group that was in the haunt somehow ended catching up to one another. We walked as slow as we could knowing there wasn’t anyone behind us but we still couldn’t stay away from the group in front of us. They had one teenage female that was petrified of everything so all the monsters kept taking advantage of it, cornering her every chance they got. They also followed her through multiple scenes that weren’t theirs while our group tried to stay behind some and there were no entertainers around because they were all following her. When they would stop and turn around to go back to their base spots (if they even have them there), some of them just walked passed us without any effort towards scaring us. It was a disaster. This chic’s name was Lauren and by the time we got to the exit of this thing, we were relieved that we didn’t have to hear her name called out over and over and over anymore. She had to of been extremely annoyed by it herself. It took all of the fun out of it. Actors even stopped us in some of the maze portions so the other monsters could entertain their group for quite some time and they would just be staring off into outer space. The only way we knew they could talk is because they said Lauren’s name already. Besides that, costuming was mostly store-bought quality. Nothing different to look at here. Scenes were the same. Some looked as if they had been built out there in the woods for years and they’ve sat through the seasons and no one’s ever gone back to touch them up. Parts of the maze where there’s a lot of plastic and wood seem to possibly be a danger. We didn’t see any actors for quite some time in them bc they were following Lauren and if someone ignited one of these things, I’m afraid it would have taken us a long time to find the exit. Some spaces were very tight for us, if those were to fill with smoke where there are roofs, I don’t think that would be good at all. At one point, we didn’t know where to go at all so we weaved through these pipe-like things and found a hole and we started walking on this really dark path into the woods. There were props and things out there but 0 lights. Come to find out, it looked like a previously closed portion of the trail because when we got to the end of it, there was no way to get back into the maze. We had to crawl under caution tape to get back in. That right there tells you that no actors were paying any attention to our group. We paid full price for our tickets that night and we honestly should have just passed this place up. We’ve been here before too and it wasn’t that bad. The highlights of the trip were the gentleman that introduced us to the park and gave us the rules before we went in. There was also one clown (Pickles, maybe
?) that actually put effort into scaring us but he was mostly one of the only ones. In one of the mazes there was a chainsaw assailant behind a door and we could hear the saw and see him through the crack of the door but we couldn’t get in. When that door finally opened, holy shit! That was the best scare in there for sure! Also, there are places where you will need to duck down, tight corridors as mentioned above, uneven terrain, and a lot of walking (especially if you’re bad at mazes) so be prepared for that.

Norma – 6/10
Maybe we just went on a bad night but we weren’t very impressed with this haunt. We had heard many …show more good things about it and we ended up with a free Saturday night so we gave it a shot. We showed up at probably 9:30 at night. Waited in line maybe 15-20 minutes so that wasn’t bad. We really didn’t have problems with spacing inside the haunt except for a few times but we were able to slow down and it helped when there wasn’t anyone behind us. I will say, there were a lot of unique things in the haunt portion. One interactive set was very different and unnerving. Some of the characters were really into their roles while others were bland. One was sitting on top of a washing machine and he jumped down and we were thinking, “Oh shit” but he didn’t do anything, he just jumped at us a little and said, “What?” In the outdoor portion of the haunt it was a bit too dark to see the characters, especially the Creeper. Our favorite part was the alligator! They know how to utilize this now, commonly-seen prop to the fullest for sure! If you are likely to pee your pants, you just might lose it on that one! I would give the house itself a 7 out of 10. Now we were under the impression that the corn field was haunted too. Although it was a good maze, there were three scareactors in it and they were terrible. No lights, sounds, sets, nothing but mud and corn and the dark. At first it was creepy but after we walked and walked and nothing happened, we were aggravated and ready to find our cars. The last actor that we came across could have hidden well since they were in all black but they didn’t, they stood in the middle of the trail acting like they couldn’t see, whispering to us as we walked asking us if we were customers. Wow. Don’t upgrade to the corn if you’re expecting a fright in there, it won’t happen.

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